Serge Chermayeff


Serge Chermayeff was an interior designer that eventually progressed into architecture as a career and was involved in the academics. He was born in Grozny, Chechnya to a Jewish family and was schooled at the Harrow School before his family went broke during the Russian Revolution. He began working as an interior designer for Waring and Gillow despite not having any former experience and background in the profession. He eventually took a step and founded his own architectural practice in 1930. Serge Chermayeff took on various commissions with the German architect Erich Mendelsohn in 1933, who was highly recognised as a front runner of the International Style. One of the project that was designed by Serge Chermayeff and Erich Mendelsohn was the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea. His early projects reflect the prominent influence and inspiration of Western European tradition and Russian Constructivist architecture. However, in 1940, he had to migrate to the United States of America because of the war and the lack of money where he remodelled himself as an academic. He worked in Harvard California, MIT, Yale University and Chicago.

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